Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to accomplish all of your care in as little as one appointment! Welcome to Conscious Sedation Dentistry. Conscious Sedation Dentistry (also known as Anxiety-Free Dentistry, Relaxation Dentistry, or Sleep Dentistry) can change your life and your views on dentistry in a matter of a few hours while you sleep. Oral conscious sedation (or OCS) refers to a sedative the patient takes before treatment. Used in combination with nitrous oxide the patient feels totally relaxed and comfortable through the procedure.
The Oral Conscious Sedation Process
Doctors have used Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols safely for years and with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatment you will visit with our dentist for an initial consultation. We will take a detailed health history and you will be able to discuss any questions you may have. You will be given a prescription for a sedative medication to take the night before your dental appointment so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
For your treatment visit, you’ll be asked to have a companion bring you to and from the office. Once you arrive, you’ll take additional medication to ensure that you’re in a tranquil state. Our sedation experts will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit.
Although you will not actually be asleep (conscious sedation leaves you able to speak and breathe on your own) you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably won’t remember much about the procedure. Your appointment will be a dream and the time in the dental chair will feel like minutes.
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about oral conscious sedation.